Events » Festivals » Page 2

Category: Festivals

Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017 – Classics Programme Confirmed

The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta takes place this 6-9th July 2017.

Its one of the biggest events of the harbour sailing calendar and involves all 4 yacht clubs Dun Laoghaire Yacht clubs and entrants from the sailing community nationwide and overseas.

To celebrate the Harbour Bicentenary the committee have added to the race schedule to include a unique classic boat race to celebrate the harbours bicentenary. The race will see international and local classic boats taking part.

For more information go to



Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation Launches Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Steering Group

Press Notice

Friday 25th November 2016


Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation

Launches Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Steering Group

 Minister Mary Mitchell O Connor today became Patron of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary programme

Convening in the historic Harbour Lodge in Dun Laoghaire, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation met the members of the Steering Group, which includes the Pavilion Theatre, DLR County Council, the RNLI, the Coal Harbour Users Group, The National Maritime Museum, Dalkey Heritage Centre, a representative of the 4 Yacht Clubs, the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company and Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District (BID).


The Bicentenary Steering Group met to discuss a series of initiatives to commemorate and celebrate the 200 year history of this historic harbour.

May 31st 1817 saw the laying of the first stone in the creation of one of the world’s finest man-made harbours , originally named as “The Royal Harbour of King George 1V at Kingstown”

Gerry Dunne, CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company said ” this is an incredibly exciting initiative , of national and international significance. We will be engaging with members of the Irish Diaspora all over the world, so that we can gather relevant stories and memorabilia, and create a legacy both online and physical, a legacy which this special place fully deserves”


Contact: Carolyn Hanaphy 01 271 3203


Image 1 – Steering group meet in the Harbour Lodge Boardroom (Group Photo).

Image 2 – (L-R) Donal Marren (Chairperson of the Group), Minster Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O Connor & Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Cathaoirleach Cormac Devlin.

Image 3 – Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Logo.




THE BEATYARD at Dun Laoghaire Harbour- August 1st & 2nd!

the beatyard

After celebrating its 10th edition last year, THE BEATYARD is going coastal this August 1st & 2nd and relocating to the sunniest part of Dublin – Dun Laoghaire Harbour!

beatyard logo 2

Taking place over two days, it will combine three areas of music, great food, drinks and games all under one roof. The Beatyard is an experience for all the senses, bringing the best chefs, musicians and creatives together for one weekend. Savour a cocktail in TIPPLE TOWN before making your way to THE EATYARD for a delicious meal and you’ll soon be Lost In Music with Sister Sledge! All with the beautiful Dublin Bay as the backdrop to your day.

Providing the musical entertainment will be Sister Sledge, Four Tet (Official), Neneh Cherry, Barrington LEVY, Madlib, PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING, Lindstrom, Craig Charles, Optimo (Espacio) & Mister Saturday Night B2B, Midnight Magic, Dj Marky, Horse Meat Disco, I Am The Cosmos, Le Freak, RiZA, EMBRZ, Telephones, Tandem Felix, Sim Simma and more TBA.


beatyard image

For more information click here

PROMS ON THE PIER- 70’s and 80’s music event – 29th & 30th August

proms on the pierProms On The Pier is Dublin’s festival of 70’s & 80’s nostalgia. Air Supply Music, 10cc, Phil Coulter, Bjorn Again, Midge Ure, Johnny Logan, Melanie McCabe & lots more Taking place in —- Dun Laoghaire Harbour —– on August 29th & 30th.

Over 14 musical acts will entertain 5,000 guests per day in an outdoor and fully reserved seating event. Each day’s entertainment will commence at 4.30pm and finish spectacularly at 10.30pm. There will be full bar and food facilities on-site throughout the weekend.

For more information on the festival click here or check out their Facebook page

Featuring 10cc, Proms Party Orchestra, Midge Ure, Bjorn Again (AUSTRALIA), Proms Party Orchestra conducted by Phil Coulter, The Definitive Rat Pack and Melanie McCabe & The Sugarcubes Band, MD Eugene McCarthy.

Featuring Air Supply Music, Johnny Logan, Proms Party Orchestra conducted by Phil Coulter, Karen Carpenter Show featuring Toni Lee and Melanie McCabe & The Sugarcubes Band, MD Eugene McCarth


Sunday 10th August
Men’s Race 11.00am
Ladies’ Race 12.00pm

The 85th Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race takes place on Sunday August 10th 2014. The men’s race is at 11am and the ladies’ race at 12pm. Last year, over 250 men and women qualified to enter the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race and it is anticipated that there will be 300 swimmers this year.

Each weekend from June to September the swimming club of Leinster run open sea swimming races along the coast of Leinster. Theses are held at well known swimming locations such as Malahide, Portmarnock, Howth, Clontarf, South Wall, Seapoint, Dun Laoghaire, Sandycove, Killiney and Bray. These form the Leinster Open Sea Calendar. In order to qualify to swim in the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race, swimmers must have completed 4 open sea races from the Open Sea Calendar before closing date. The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race along with the Dublin City Liffey Swim are rightly considered the two most prestigious swimming races in Ireland. For swimmers winning the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race is akin to winning an All Ireland Final.

The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race caters to swimmers as young as 14 years right up to ages the swimmers perhaps prefer not to disclose! A wide range of ages and abilities take part in the race. Both the Open Sea Committee and the swimming club warmly welcome newcomers to our sport no matter their age or their ability.

The race comprises a swim around the circumference of Dun Laoghaire Harbour battling fellow swimmers, reaching marker buoys, avoiding any number of obstacles and taking on the might that is the Irish Sea.

In order to find out more about the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race and the Open Sea Races please email
More information can also be found on or on

Happy swimming!

Harbour Swim 2014

Christmas Celebrations at Dún Laoghaire Harbour

Get into the Christmas spirit with a programme of magical events taking place at Dún Laoghaire Harbour from 30th November to 5th January.

Santa Claus is coming to Town

What could make Christmas more enchanting than meeting Santa Claus himself? Enjoy an unforgettable line up of entertainment as Christmas celebrations kick off with Santa Claus’s arrival on Saturday, 30th November at Harbour Plaza. The Dublin Gospel Choir from 5.15pm will get you into the festive spirit in time for the gala arrival of Santa Claus at 5.45pm.  At 6pm the Christmas lights will be switched on and a breath-taking fireworks display over Dún Laoghaire Harbour will officially announce that Christmas in Dún Laoghaire is underway.

Christmas Funfair at Harbour Plaza

There are plenty of family-friendly attractions at the Christmas Funfair at Harbour Plaza including a carousel, a dragon rollercoaster just for kids, chair-o-planes and snow blast slide. The Funfair opens on Saturday, 30th November to Sunday, 5th January 2013. A trip to the Funfair promises to be a perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit.

Opening Times

Monday – Friday: 12pm to 7pm

Saturday – Sunday: 11am to 8pm.

In addition to the Funfair there will be a Christmas Market every Thursday to Sunday from 11am – 6pm where you can browse through a wide range of unique arts, crafts and special gifts in the charming chalets along the seafront. Wander up to the town centre to sample the delicious crepes and hot treats in the Christmas Food market. The Market will be located outside Meadows and Byrne at ‘The Metals’ and on Marine Road. During Christmas week, The Market will be open Monday and Tuesday.

Magical Christmas Lantern Procession

This enchanting spectacle will see children of all ages light up the street from the People’s Park to Harbour Plaza on 14th December at 4pm.  The handmade willow and tissue paper lanterns come in all Christmas shapes and sizes. The procession led by a group from Comhairle na nÓg will finish with a recital of Christmas Carols at Harbour Plaza. This is a truly spectacular event and we are expecting that hundreds of children and adults will take part.

Santa Hat World Record Attempt

Join Barnardos on Saturday, 21st December at 2pm at Dún Laoghaire Harbour Plaza as The Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival host a World Record Attempt to gather the most people wearing Santa Hats in one place at one time in aid of Barnardos. The record is currently held by Brockton, Massachusetts, USA with 872 Santa Hat wearers assembled on November 23, 2010. So come along at 2pm to the Harbour Plaza, Dún Laoghaire wearing your Santa Hat and help break a new world record!  There is an admission price of €2.00 per person with all proceeds going to support Barnardos.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Welcome in the New Year with a spectacular Fireworks display fired from the East and West Piers in Dún Laoghaire at midnight on Tuesday, 31st December 2013. This unique dual fireworks display is the first time ever both piers will be used simultaneously as firing sites. You can see the show from Newtownsmith in Dún Laoghaire and all around Dublin Bay. There is also a smaller fireworks display for young families at 6pm on New Year’s Eve fired from the Carlisle Pier.

There will be some disruption to walkers on both piers which will start in the early evening. There will be restricted access to the back of the West Pier from 8am on Monday, 30th December and there will be no access to the pier from after dusk on Tuesday, 31st December until after the conclusion of the event.

There will also be restricted access to the Top Tier of the East Pier from 10am Tuesday, 31st December. The closure will initially be at the Battery on the upper east pier for a distance of 100m and will move 300m from the battery on the upper East Pier at 2pm. In additional to this, from 10pm on the top level of the pier will be closed and a viewing area will be open to the public on the lower level with lower end of the pier being closed off for health and safety reasons until the conclusion of the event.

For more information on the Dún Laoghaire Christmas Festival 2013, please visit

Christmas at Dun Laoghaire